Pubdate: Fri, 24 Feb 2012 Source: Record, The (CN BC) Copyright: 2012 Lower Mainland Publishing Group Inc. Contact: http://www.royalcityrecord.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/1654 Author: Terry Smith LOOSEN UP ON POT LAWS Dear Editor: Why is it every time the subject of marijuana rises to a public commentary, one of the first things we hear is "tax it, legalize it, regulate it"? I can make beer or wine and even grow tobacco with no licensing, regulating or taxing. I can grow marigolds and potatoes and rhubarb and any number of decorative plants, some of which are poisonous, without restriction. Marijuana deserves no less. It already has unnecessary legality with restrictive legislation retained by frightened, unknowing lawmakers. Allowing all to have freedom to produce their own pot without imposing fees or any other form of taxation is the only way to eliminate the marijuana dealers. Terry Smith Garibaldi Highlands - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.